Climate change

Climate Change Act 2008

In 2008 the UK passed legislation introducing the world’s first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change. The Climate Change Act 2008 sets a target for the UK to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and at least 34% by 2020 against a 1990 baseline.

Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change

Bracknell Forest Council made a commitment to tackle the causes and effects of climate change at a local level by adopting the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.

In January 2013, the council refreshed its commitment to action on climate change by becoming a signatory to Climate Local, the Local Government Association’s successor to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.

PDF file downloadNottingham Declaration (PDF, 162kb)

Climate Change Action Plan

The Climate Change Action Plan was updated in 2013, reflecting the council’s commitment under Climate Local.

PDF file downloadClimate change action plan (PDF, 221kb)

Carbon Management Plan

In 2008 the council participated in the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Programme. In 2009 the council published a carbon management plan to reduce CO2 emissions from its own operations 25% from a 2007 baseline by 2013. This is forecast to save 16,261 t/CO2 and £4.4 million in energy costs against business as usual by 2013.

PDF file downloadCarbon management plan (PDF, 385kb)

Climate Change Partnership

The Climate Change Partnership is part of the broader Bracknell Forest Partnership between Bracknell Forest Council and its statutory, business, voluntary and community sector partners. It meets quarterly and welcomes representation from local organisations with an interest in tackling climate change.

Carbon Trust Standard

In November 2010 the council achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. This is a mark of excellence in measuring, managing and reducing its carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gas reporting

In 2011 the Department for Energy and Climate Change asked all local authorities to publish their own greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with DEFRA guidelines based on the international Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

The following table will be updated by the end of July each year.

Bracknell Forest Council greenhouse gas emissions data (tonnes of CO²e) for period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2013

Type of emissions

2012/13

2011/12

2010/11

2009/10 base year 

Scope 1  6,319 5,501 6,838 7,192
Scope 2 10,545 9,337 9,097 9,380
Scope 3*  751 921 978 943 
Total annual emissions 17,615 15,759 16,913 17,515

Intensity measurement
"tonnes of CO2e per full time equivalents"

6.49

6.22

6.72

 6.72

* Scope 3 emissions include staff business travel, school transport and refuse vehicles

Note: Our carbon footprint has been restated for all years in order to account for material changes to conversion factors provided by DEFRA for company reporting purposes.

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